The South Hockey League
Clubs are hopefully aware of both the expansion of the National League next season and the qualified lifting of the bar on 2nd XIs in it.
Consequently the South Hockey League is obliged to provide a pathway to it for 2nd XIs in the South Region if they wish. It has concluded an agreement with the London League relating to that League’s Premier Division.
To facilitate this, for next season SHL will create a new parallel Premier 2 of equal standard.
Of the twelve London League Premier 2nd XIs :
- One has declined moving and one is out of area.
- The team finishing 1st will enter SHL Premier 1 next season.
- LL teams finishing in the next six places will go into a Premier 2
- The remaining three are offered places in relevant Regional 1s for the coming season.
The twenty four teams ending in the two equal Premier 2s will be allocated in the most favourable arrangement to cut down travelling.
Discussions will continue between the two leagues as to a future single League in the South.
All this has the approval of both England Hockey and the Southern Counties Hockey Association.
At the end of this season there will be four promotions from Premier 1 to the National League and it will receive no relegation from it.
Regional Premier 2 numbers will increase from 12 to 24.
After taking into account LL movements, this will mean nine additional places in our Premier divisions. This generally means more promotions and fewer relegations which will cascade down in varying proportions.
The detail will be advised by your relevant league secretary and also, in due course, lines on the tables.